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Nell'Inghilterra di inizio Settecento un bizzarro vagabondo, Ursus, poeta e filosofo di strada, raccoglie due orfani e li educa all'avventurosa vita dei girovaghi. Insieme formano una compagnia di mimi e vanno alla scoperta della splendida e miserabile società inglese dell'epoca. Ma il ragazzo, deformato nel volto da un continuo ghigno, nasconde un segreto. E quando scopre...more
Paperback, Oscar classici, 760 pages
Published 2004 by Mondadori (first published January 1st 1860)
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Peter Namtvedt
Feb 16, 2009 Peter Namtvedt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Peter by: Ayn Rand
The Man who Laughs

Never have I read a novel so beautifully constructed, lovingly constructed, with plots and sub-plots diverging and meeting repeatedly so masterfully, so surprising but at the same time, all parts seem so necessary.

The story deals a romantic time in England, with nobles, common people, and some people who belong in both of those worlds. A core group is the Comprachicos, a gypsy-like and multi-ethnic people who lived as mountebanks, poachers, smuggling, and who practiced mutilati...more
Carla Bull
I write this having just finished the last page, closed, completed, and I am breathless. Victor Hugo is not an easy read, there are moments in which he loses himself to very specific detail and matter-of-fact descriptions. But what you find interwoven through the dry passages is of such exquisite beauty, that it is often worth pressing onward. I do not currently make that exception for any other author but Hugo, because the good is just so good.
As it is here, with L'homme qui rit. Gorgeous, gor...more
Eleanor Mary
As is often the case with Victor Hugo's works, he often tends to discourage the reader towards the beginning of the novel with a long, drawn out description of seemingly mundane details, people, or circumstances. Then, just as one begins to yawn...there emerges a plot line that joins all these details into one and set the story in motion, captivating the reader infinitely. This is one of the few books I've read where this urge to throw oneself into the story stays throughout the whole novel.


The...more
Katya
Книга, дающая бурю эмоций, при том самых разноплановых. Невероятная книга, благодаря ей задумываешься о многом, о самых главных человеческих ценностях... История любви незабываемая... Трагично, печально, но всё равно остается что-то светлое в душе после прочтения! Яркая иллюстрация красоты человеческого сердца, а отнюдь не внешности. Уродство и благородство в одном лице. Слепой это чувствует, а зрячий не замечает. Таковы люди! Финал не забываем...
Sylvester
Superb. I took my time with this one, it's so chock-full of stunning scenes (Book Second, chapter 17 - exquisite), symbols, and absolute jewels for sentences - I really cannot say enough about how beautiful the writing is. Hugo has the tendency to rant - he goes on and on about things that seem peripheral - listing the pedigrees and holdings of lords, for one, or including Usus' speeches (which are rambling and at times incomprehensible - at least to less than brilliant me) - but. I. liked. this...more
Wolfpabiru
Un bambino viene abbandonato su un molo da alcuni "Comprachicos".
Loro salpano verso la tempesta, custodi di un terribile segreto, lui verso la sua nuova vita.

Non è certo un libro che si legge facilmente, almeno nella prima parte.
Hugo lo riempie di nozioni storiche e scientifiche utili a contestualizzare i modi di vivere, il periodo storico, i personaggi e le differenze tra i ceti sociali, riferimenti a miti greci, filosofi e frasi in latino. Molte di queste nozioni richiedono una cultura che io...more
Guido
Ho l'impressione che l'esilio di Victor Hugo, tanto sofferto, lo aiutò molto dal punto di vista artistico, dando una forma e una direzione al suo temperamento romantico. Senza dubbio scriveva per denunciare le sue disavventure e quelle del suo paese, ma riuscì a farlo nell'ambito del suo talento: l'effetto del suo impegno politico sembra ancora sufficientemente moderno, e non del tutto estraneo alla sensibilità dei moderni cittadini europei. È facile e piacevole seguire le sue digressioni storic...more
بسام عبد العزيز
هذا هو ما أطلق عليه كلمة "أدب"!

نموذج كامل للرواية المثالية... لغة بسيطة.. سرد سريع و أحداث متلاحقة.. تطور نفسي للشخصيات... صراعات داخلية في كل شخص بين السقوط للغواية و بين الصعود للكمال.. بين الاستسلام لليأس و بين الإيمان بالمستقبل..
بإختصار واحدة من أفضل ما قرأت بالفعل!

الرجل الضاحك هو ابن لأحد النبلاء تم اختطافه في صغره و تشويه وجهه ليعمل بعد ذلك كمهرج بسبب وجهه المشوه الذي يجعل وجهه مثيرا للضحك دائما.. حتى لو كان هو نفسه يبكي!
الرجل الضاحك يعيش مع فتاة عمياء و رجل مسن داخل عربة متنقلة يستخدمون...more
Catherine Rose
Victor Hugo is one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed with this book. He manages to produce a plot so deftly woven that we are carried away with its current, and never fail to be abrupted when we land on the shore whose course was laid for us all through the story.

Somehow Hugo also manages to show us humans as the multi-dimensional things we are, responding banally to the storms and respits our souls encounter. We cannot help but despair when in trials, and think ourselves in hea...more
Laura
Another matinée with dear Bettie watching a masterpiece by Victor Hugo.
Corley
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Camilla P.
Prima di cominciare a scrivere questo commento, devo farvi una premessa. Victor Hugo è il mio scrittore preferito: provo nei suoi confronti una sorta di adorazione che, almeno secondo chi mi ha sentito parlare di lui, mi fa venire gli occhi luccicanti e il tono di voce adorante. Quindi cercherò di essere il più obbiettiva possibile, ma non prometto nulla.

Mi preme partire mettendo subito in chiaro che non è un libro “facile”. Hugo è figlio del suo tempo e questo si mostra anche nei soliloqui , n...more
Ilenia Zodiaco
Nella postfazione al romanzo, Stevenson, da lucido narratore qual era, assume la parte del professore e bacchetta il caro Hugo, accusandolo di verbosità e scarsa verosomiglianza. Ha ragione. Hugo si dilunga, si infiamma su dialoghi impossibili, scene da visionario che farebbero mettere le mani nei capelli a qualsiasi amante del realismo a tutti i costi. Ma il severo maestro deve ammettere che Hugo, tra i grandi forse quello che ha sbagliato di più, è un genio. Un genio la cui colpa è forse l'ecc...more
Vaiga
Įveikiau. Vietom buvo tikrai nelengva. Bet visa visuma patiko. Įdomus siužetas, gyvenimo tiesas gvildenantys apmąstymai, teisingos mintys. Visų 5 žvaigždučių nedaviau, totdėl, kad žudė vienas dalykas - platūs platūs, iki panagių išsamūs ir dažnai pasikartojantys apibūdinimai ir aprašymai. Jei veikėjas liūdi, tai jo liūdesio smulkmenos aprašytos 10-tyje puslapių. neveltui pati knyga beveik 1000 psl. siekia. Tai buvo išbandymas mano kantrybei. Labai patikęs bruožas buvo, kad autorius demonstruoja...more
Kevin
This is the first Victor Hugo I’ve tried in French. It’s taken me all summer and I almost wore out my dictionary with unfamiliar nautical and architectural terms, but I have to say that it is oddly compelling for a novel that weaves a melodrama of love and deformity into a historical novel about the difficulty of speaking truth to power set during the reign of Queen Anne. Hugo often sounds as if he has eaten the encyclopedia, so the plentiful footnotes in this edition are huge help if you don’t...more
Maryam
dastane gham angizie,bache boodam ke khoondam vali zahre khandeye mardi ke mikhandad ro hanooz hes mikonam!
J.
I’d read Hunchback as a boy and enjoyed it; but I hadn’t read Hugo for nearly forty years. I was intrigued by the premise The Man Who Laughs.

Two-year-old Fermain is sold to Comprachicos—a Hugo invention based on the Spanish word for child-buyers, who mutilate his face into that of a perpetually laughing clown and force him to exhibit himself for money as a carnival freak. He is abandoned eight years later and, while wandering through a snowstorm, happens across the corpse of a frozen woman clutc...more
Teresa
I always feel so conflicted when reviewing Victor Hugo's books.
In one hand you've got fantastic, brilliant, beautiful, poetic, epic and a long list of adjectives which would never be enough to describe well enough how awesome is his writing. Also, he's politically engaged and, when he wants, he can heartlessly portray the precarious lives of the poor, be it in England at the end of the 17th century or in France in the 1830s.
On the other hand, he can be very, very cheesy. Especially at the end....more
Jesse
The Laughing Man by Victor Hugo

It is rare that a book speaks to the reader so intimately, as to be disclosing to them the inestimable secrets deeply concealed at the very core of their being. A book that speaks to the reader, it manages somehow to inject them – with an immersive raptness wholly complete – literarily into the narrative through the imaginative faculty. And yet, simultaneously, as the story is internalized, the reader shares (& most truly) the protagonist’s journey…reflecting u...more
Trish
I loved this book back when I read it for a college class assignment in my early twenties and recently re-read it again when I discovered there was a French language movie version being produced for release in 2012.

There are synopsis' in the other reviews, so I won't rehash. I loved the layers of the story, the characters, and the masterful way Hugo threw out plot threads that you had no idea were important - until he ties them together (the (long and rambling) list of peers on Ursus' board, th...more
Lenny
Not an easy read, but very rewarding...especially in politically charged times. I have no doubt Hugo would be accused of socialism if he spoke up in modern times. But really he is anti-nobility and royalty, and uses his characters to speak up for the common man, as well as subtle digs at the rich and sheltered lords of 18th century England.

It's the story of man who goes from one extreme to the other, and not by his choosing. He's an amazingly complex character, as are many of the supporting char...more
Tanya Bondarets
The Man Who Laughs

It’s a tragic story which impressed me to the innermost of my heart. This book was read in one breath. The atmosphere of the book is tremendous, especially in the very end. After reading of this book it is impossible to remain indifferent. There is everything in this masterpiece. This novel touches upon such age-old subjects as love, friendship, sorrow, and many others.

Characters in the book are quite bright, everyone of them has his (her) own destiny and temper. Each characte

...more
Mitra
این کتاب که برخی از ادیبان جهانی انرا بزرگترین اثر نویسنده دانسته اندر اصل"اشرافیت" نام دارد که در آن زندگی ستمگران و بهره کشان جامعه ی اروپایی بخصوص انگلستان که بنام "اشراف و نجبا" بر جان و مال و هستی مردم محروم و بی نوا مسلط بوده اند به نحو درخشانی ترسیم یافته است.خواننده به وضوح در میابد که پادشاهان درباریان و خادمان کلیسا به سودای بهره جویی و کامیابی از نعمات زندگی مادی با نیرنگ و فریب و ریا به اغوای مردمان تیره روز جامعه خود پرداخته و با ترویج عقاید و رسومی که منشائی جز جهالت و دروغ و هوای...more
Martin
Een onwaarschijnlijke mooie liefdesgeschiedenis, avonturenroman en dramatische aanklacht ineen. Victor Hugo betovert je met zijn wonderlijke figuren, wier levenspaden hij op onnavolgbare wijze verzint en vervlecht. Het levensverhaal van de hoofdpersoon Gwynplaine - de lachende man - ontstijgt iedere verbeelding en is juist daardoor zo aangrijpend en reëel. Zijn liefde voor Dea een godsgeschenk en toevalligheid ineen. Een liefde die echter uiteindelijk even innig als ongrijpbaar blijkt.

Naast Gwyn...more
Casey Roach
With out a doubt L'homme qui rit is my favorite Hugo novel. I absolutely LOVED this heart wrenching tale of Gwynplaine and his trial with his appearance and his sorted love for Dea, the beautiful blind girl he rescues from freezing to death in infancy and Josianna the illegitimate sister of the Queen who shows an interest in Gwynplaine BECAUSE he is deformed.

The novel uses its surroundings and characters with full regalia. Nothing feels out of place and I really feel for all of the characters...more
Sara
This book has taken me a long time to read, not because it was difficult, but just because my brain is elsewhere! Because of this I feel I will have to reread it at some point in order to appreciate it properly, for the story is tragic and poignant and the relationships between the characters quite beautiful. I think I'll have to reserve a proper review till then!
لطيفة الحاج
القصة رائعة ومؤلمة

إنسانية فلسفية فيها الكثير من الحكمة

جونبلان الضاحك الباكي المهرج الذي أحب نور العمياء يجعلك تتعاطف معه وتصدق حيرته وتخبطه


كنت قيمتها بخمس نجوم لولا الصفحات التي فقدت والتي نسيها الشخص الذي نقل النسخة الورقية إلى الكترونية

هيغو كاتب جميل وسأود كثيرا لو أشاهد القصة تتحول إلى فيلم سينمائي
Robert
Nov 08, 2007 Robert rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hugo fans
This was the first Hugo I read after finishing Notre Dame of Paris (Hunchback). Had I read this one first, this may have been my favorite novel. As in all Hugo, there is a tendency for him to be long-winded, but he cleans it up fairly nicely in here. Actually had some good humor, and heartbreak as usual.
James Ball
Tragic, moving, thoughtful. Only bogged down occasionally by Hugo's penchant for long-winded passages on parliamentary procedure and regal lineage.
When, however, Hugo is focused on our main characters, there's not another writer - alive or dead - who can breathe life into them the way he does.
Olga
One of the best books I've ever read in my life. Boy, did it crash me the very first time when I was 15, but it was worth the effort and struggle and sleepless nights. I'm not even going to try to find words that can describe what impression the book left on me. Very much recommended!
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Victor-Marie Hugo was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France.
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